Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So listen. Remember me.
My name is Hope Ardern, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was 16 years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....
This is the tale of a girl no one remembers, and her story will stay with you forever.
©2016 Claire North (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
The notion of not being remembered is one that is very interesting but I feel the potential to explore this was lost in the subplot involving the technology surrounding perfection. Both ideas warrant their own book. The narrator is good but her Scottish accent is dire and distracting.
When the story is actually happening it's interesting. I found it hard to get past what could only be described as a heavy peppering of really bad poetry at every emotive opportunity.
This book had a lot of good ideas but I find myself looking at it like a cake someone decorated poorly, thinking what a shame. At least it tastes nice.
I didn't enjoy the writing style Claire adopted for this novel although the whole concept and in general terms the plot was genius.
I'd just read a novel by Claire North (Touch) thought I'd like some more of her work; oh dear, by the half-way point I'd lost the will to keep listening, so good in bits but meanders forever, tedious and a drain, I finally gave up waiting and hit Delete.
Claire North's books just get better and better. A wonderful book. Extraordinary plot. Great depth of character and beautifully crafted. Gillian Burke's reading is wonderful as well.
A great story with reflection on human values and the unusual condition of the main character highlights our view of the world.
I have listened to 3 of Claire North's books and I love them.
Deep, interesting, beautiful! Reads more like a poem than a novel. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with hope - nothing like I've ever read before, absolutely breathtaking! Narration was fantastic too - deep rich voice to get lost with, brought the story and characters to life.
I probably wouldn't try another book by Claire North. I'd be open to listening to Gillian Burke narrating something else.
I enjoyed reading a book with so many interesting female characters. The characterisation in general was very good.
The Scottish accents. I'm surprised these were so poor because she was otherwise a good narrator.
Yes and no. It was a great story but far too long and repetitive. I started out not wanting to stop listening, but some time later my heart sank to hear the announcement of chapter 103 and I wondered if it was ever going to end. I was tired of hearing the same ideas discussed over and over, which left little for the listener to muse on for themselves. If this had been edited to two-thirds of the length, or even less, it would have been more enjoyable and thought provoking.
As with "The first 15 lives of Harry August" and "Touch" the concept of this book is brilliant - both interesting and genuinely thought provoking. The story / plot is pretty good too.
But there are elements of both the writing and the narration that caused me frustration, at times. In terms of the writing, there was way too much repetition. Seriously, I actually shouted "get on with it!" whilst listening. And the lists....just so many lists. With a little less repetition and shorter lists, this could have been 3 hours shorter, with nothing lost.
The narration was pretty good in general, easy to listen to and fairly good characterisation. That is, until the Scottish accents turn up at the end, at which point it's a complete train wreck, and distracts from the ending.
I'm glad I got to the end, it made me think. But it was, at times, a struggle getting there.
The book itself seems really good, it's just the fact that the book itself doesn't seem to match to my taste. When I read the synopsis, I was hoping the story would focus on how The main character hope lives on a day to Day basis, and the challenges she faces, such as getting a job, dating, and other such things. Whilst all these things are mentioned in the book, the story seems to be more of a mystery or a thriller than just an interesting piece of fiction, which is good, but not really something I'm interested in, especially with the book being so long. I'll probably come back to it later, but I'd rather move on to a book with a plot that holds my interest instead at this moment. This is the advice I give to customers who just prefer stories that focus more on realistic issues and character development instead of drilling mysteries and heists, as you may be a bit disappointed. To anyone who is into that kind of thing though, I'd highly recommend the book, as it is truly seeming to be a good book.
"Incredible musings of a forgotten mind"
Of loneliness, of history, of meaning, of worth, of self, of truth.
Do yourself a favor and read this.
I tried to finish it. Went into a depression so had to stop. Droning narrator.
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